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Stats Canada 2001 Census Reveals

  • The rich got richer in the '90s. Average income for the wealthiest families rose to $186,000 in, up 15% from 1990.

  • Everyone else tread water. Median income for all Canadians was $55,000 in 2000 up less than 1%.

  • The proportion of children living in low-income families was virtually unchanged in the decade at 18 per cent.

  • Ontarians have the highest median income at $61,000. Newfoundlanders have the lowest at $41,000.

  • Ottawa's median income of $69,500 is highest among cities, followed by Oshawa ($68,800) and Windsor ($65,650).

  • 43% of Canadians say they are Catholic, 29% Protestant.

  • The number of Canadian Muslims doubled in the decade to 579,600, surpassing the number of Canadian Jews (330,000)

  • About 20,000 Canadians identified their religion as Jedi, the warrior knights made popular by the Star Wars movies.

  • See also: Toronto Area Census finds 'Massive' poverty among immigrants:

    In Canada - It is not a "bribe" - It is a "Success Fee"
    A prominent lobbyist has told a judicial inquiry that he did not ask for a bribe in order to facilitate a computer leasing deal with the

    Jobless rate climbs in Toronto.
    In Toronto, the loss of 4,000 jobs pushed the city's unemployment rate up half a point, to 7.7 per cent. The province lost 14,000 jobs in the health care and social assistance sector, and another 12,000 in the accommodation and food services sector. Statistics Canada said the entire provincial decline in the accommodation and food sectors was concentrated among Toronto's restaurant workers, due in part to the fallout from SARS.

    Canadians less satisfied with health care: Poll
    Canadians with health problems are more likely than ailing residents of four other countries to say the health-care system has deteriorated and that they have had difficulty getting a doctor or a hospital bed. http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/may/msg00022.html

    Goan Overseas Association ~Toronto AGM Highlights

    - President for 2001/2002, Oscar Furtado, elected unopposed for 2003/2004
    - Overall membership has increased from 937 members in 2001 to 994 in 2002
    - The 10 social and sports events organized by the Asssociation were all well attended and profitable.
    - The Balance Sheet for 2002 shows total a total income of $80K, and expenses of $10K, yielding a $70K excess of revenue over expenses.
    - The Treasurers report that "the building continues to be a drag on our Associations financial position"
    - The carrying costs for the 10 acre property at Kirby Road/Hwy 400 in the north of the GTA, are $450K for 2003
    For information on the Association visit their web site at: http://www.goatoronto.com

    May Queen Ball a Huge Success
    Tim de Mello writes:
    "An excellent fun exposure of the social side of Goan Culture was displayed in the GTA.
    The date: May 03. The venue: International Banquet Hall at Kennedy/Hurontario.
    Goa Amigos, a newly formed band, hosted the May Queen Ball to "celebrate women in our city and community". They more than lived up to their billing of "A wonderful evening of non-stop dancing, Buffet Dinner, Snacks & Cash Bar" with "Traditional Goan Music".
    In my 28 years living in the GTA, I have to confess that this is one of the best dances I have attended." See complete article entitled "Goa Amigos and a Fun Evening"at:


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